Jonathan Jank 2019 Professional award

Jonathan Jank, president and CEO of the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership, was named the 2019 Professional of the Year by the Nebraska Economic Developers Association on June 13.

Jank receives 2019 Professional of the Year award

Jonathan Jank has been named the 2019 Nebraska Economic Developers Association Professional of the Year in the community category.

The award was presented by NEDA, the largest association of economic development professionals in Nebraska at its annual conference in Wayne on June 13.

Jank is president and CEO of the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership. He is recognized for his accomplishments and dedicated service to economic growth in the State of Nebraska.

Read more HERE.

For Which It Stands Cattle Bank Statue

From left, artist James Haire, Becky Vahle and Virginia Cattle look at the sculpture “For Which It Stands” after it was set in place at the base of the Cattle Bank sign June 11. Cattle commissioned the piece in memory of her husband.

"For Which It Stands:" statue installed near courthouse

Two children stand silently at the foot of the Cattle Bank sign. The girl gazes toward the flag flying atop the courthouse, her hand on her heart. The boy looks up at her, uncertain what he should do.

The statue, titled “For Which It Stands,” was set June 11. Artist James Haire said the original was commissioned by the town of Itasca, Illinois, in 1995 for its flagpole. The Seward statue is the last of eight made.

The bronze pose wasn’t exactly as he envisioned, but he said children will often tell you what the pose should be.

“When I was photographing the kids who modeled it, the boy didn’t quite get it,” he said, describing the outcome as a happy accident.

Read more about the statue and why it's here on our website.


Dignity, tough topics part of luncheon: Randall Jantzen of Leadership Resources will present “Having Tough Conversations with Dignity” Thursday, June 20, at noon in the Civic Center basement. Call the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership office at (402) 643-4189 to register. The cost is $10 per person for the professional development lunch.

How much do you know about space? Seward Memorial Library will host a Space Trivia Night for families on Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Find out how much you and your family know about space with trivia master Cliff Lowell. Make a team and register on the library website at

Committee sets final meeting before holiday: The regular meeting of the Seward Fourth of July Committee will be Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Seward Civic Center. This is the last general Committee meeting before the Fourth. Last-minute Fourth of July Celebration details will be shared and discussed. The meeting is open to the public. The 2019 theme is a salute to education “Education-America’s Foundation.” The celebration also salutes Concordia’s 125th anniversary. The grand marshals for the parade are Drs. Laurie and Brian Friedrich of Concordia University in Seward. On June 20, the Fourth of July Celebration Committee will also have a special meeting with local City of Seward department heads and committee chairs at 3 p.m. in the city’s municipal building to cover last-minute details before the Fourth of July celebration.

How’s your trivia? How much do you know about space? Seward Memorial Library will partner with Bottle Rocket Brewing for a night of trivia for adults with trivia master Cliff Lowell. Trivia will take place Thursday, June 20, at 8:30 p.m. at the Bottle Rocket Brewing Company. Cash prizes will be awarded. Create a team and register on the library website at

Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the upper 60s.


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Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the upper 60s.

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